Qua Brown the Southern Illinois University safety from DeLand, Florida is a player to keep an eye on in 2020. The 2nd team All-MVFC standout started 11 games last season and ranked 5th in the Nation and number 1 in the MVFC in solo tackles per game with 6.3 per game.
Brown is a hard hitting safety whose film really jumped off the screen when I was breaking down his fellow teammate Jeremy Chinn’s film. Being that I live about 40 minutes away from DeLand, I had to write about Qua.
Qua was a stud in high school, playing for University High School, where he was a Class 8A All-State selection. He was the Central Florida All-Star MVP as well and a two time All-Area Selection. He was only rated as a two star athlete though. Which makes no sense.
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He racked up 73 tackles his senior year for University and also finished the season with 6 interceptions. He would land an offer from Southern Illinois and quickly become a Saluki.
Brown has been a secret weapon of Nick Hill the former Saluki quarterback and current head coach of SIU. Nick was one of the best Arena Football League Quarterbacks when I had my short stint in the AFL working with the Orlando Predators special teams unit. It is great to see Nick have success in recruiting players from Florida like Qua.
In 2016, Qua redshirted for the Salukis. In 2017, he played in 11 games, primarily on Special Teams. He finished his redshirt freshman year with 8 tackles.
In 2018, Brown slowly began to work his way into more playing time. Brown made 5 starts and missed 5 to injury. He would still finish 8th on the team in tackles with 38. The kid is always around the ball and will bring his thunder stick when he hits you. I like Brown who stands at 5’11 and weights 203 pounds.
I am expecting a huge senior year in 2020. He was able to see his teammate Jeremy Chinn get drafted by the Carolina Panthers and I think he will be motivated to show he belongs on that same platform.
NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Notes:
When you look at the safeties in the NFL, many of them are versatile. Many of them can also be used on Special Teams. Qua Brown is a player I feel can be used on Special Teams at the next level and who will be an asset to a team in their secondary. He is very saavy and takes great angles. He hits hard and does a great job at making sure the opposition goes to the ground. He is a tackling machine, and NFL teams need that. – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds Owner.